· FLOOD THE ENGINE - S/T (FTE01) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. LAY IT ALL ON ME
02. ALL THE GIRLS ARE CRAZY
03. CHANGE
04. BOOTSTRAP BLUES
     (WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE WEATHER)
05. ALL YOUR TROUBLE
06. LOVE IS ALIVE
07. YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE
08. OPEN AND UNDONE


FORMAT: Audio CD
4-Panel Digipack
FTE01 - $13.99

Excellent debut studio disc by this awesome, way-kool, top-shelf, blues-based, retro, hard rock band featuring the outstanding vocal talents of Jimmy Kunes (Cactus/American Mafia) and Bill Leverty (Firehouse) on guitar along with Keith Horne on bass & Andre LaBelle on drums. F.T.E. have landed and are on a mission to Keep the Rock alive. Kunes is a legitimate musical disciple of the 70s rock vocal god along with guitar man Leverty laying down the killer riffage/mojo complete with the rhythm section of Horne & LaBelle laying down a serious rock solid groove. The Flood The Engine disc is a prime slice of vintage rock n' roll for your soul that is Highly recommended to fans of classic rock mojo.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. LAY IT ALL ON ME
02. ALL THE GIRLS ARE CRAZY
03. CHANGE
04. BOOTSTRAP BLUES
     (WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE WEATHER)
05. ALL YOUR TROUBLE
06. LOVE IS ALIVE
07. YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE
08. OPEN AND UNDONE

 

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· reviews ·

The self titled debut release for American based Blues rock band, Flood The Engine is deeply rooted in classic rock influences. The band is made up of Jimmy Kunes (Cactus/American Mafia) on vocals, Bill Leverty (Firehouse) on guitar, Keith Horne on bass and Andre LaBelle on drums. One listen through the whole album, and you get it all: soulful bluesy vocals, smoking guitar riffs, groove laden bass, fluid, resonant playing and hooks that are solid gold. The end result is Blues rock music played with guts, power and skill that captures perfectly the excitement and joy of the shared experience which is great Rock `n Roll music. Yes, their Free and Zeppelin influences shine brightly, but this is no cheap 70's rip off outfit. The album mainly consists of full-out rockers in the form of "Lay It All On Me", "All The Girls Are Crazy" and "Change". The band also dishes out a cover of the Gary Wright classic "Love Is Alive". "You're Not The Only One" is another kicking tune too and it's chorus has a unique feel, but still extremely catchy. Every style that the band turn their hand to is equally impressive and demonstrates their obvious talent as musicians. However, they have more than just skill, there is clearly fantastic chemistry between them. Jimmy Kunes' soulful vocals and Bill Leverty's searing guitar-work is backed up perfectly by Keith Horne's pounding basslines and Andre LaBelle's awesome drumming to create something special. If you miss classic rock like Bad Company and Led Zeppelin, and want to tap the steering wheel a little harder on the way home, you are going to want check out Flood The Engine.

- Highly Recommended.

Tony Sison - The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine (April 2015)
 


We’ve been big supporters of vocalist Jimmy Kunes since meeting him as a member Cactus back in 2005. He’s sent us several projects over the years but his latest, Flood the Engine, really got our attention. In 2007 Kunes and Firehouse guitarist Bill Leverty released a Back Street Crawler song “All the Girls Are Crazy” which became a huge success. They answered the call for more by putting together an all-star line up with bassist Keith Horne (Peter Frampton, Heart, Waylon Jennings) and drummer Andre LaBelle (Vinnie Vincent). The result was the creation of Richmond, Virginia-based Flood the Engine. Their self-titled CD contains 8 tracks of classic rock including the previously “All the Girls Are Crazy” with its infectious groove, full-scale production and wicked riff. Kunes is a vocal talent that breathes new life into ‘70s-inspired rock. His range and delivery are on par with Coverdale, Rodgers and Daltrey. It’s in the framework of Flood the Engine that he has found his perfect vehicle.

The disc is ripe with blues-based hard rock. Songs like “Bootstrap Blues” with its Free-like hook and the swagger of “Lay It All on Me” pay tribute to their roots while still keeping the mood vibrant and exciting. It recalls a time in the late ‘80s where bands like Tangier, Bad English, Damn Yankees (and Firehouse) were all over the airwaves. “Change” could easily be FTE’s hit single. Tipping the hat to Motown’s Aretha Franklin and “Chain of Fools” the band inject a serious dose of testosterone into an R&B rhythm, color it with high volume guitar and make it stick with soulful vocals. Rockers “You’re Not the Only One” and “All Your Trouble” make you wish radio played “new” quality music and filled concert halls with heartfelt talent and honest emotion. A surprise attack is the addition of the Gary Wright cover “Love Is Alive” which fits easily alongside the other tracks both in class and smokin’ delivery. “Open And Undone” closes out the set with five minutes of pounding drums, throbbing bass, powerful voice and slow, grinding guitar. Brilliant!

Todd K. Smith / The Electric Beard (April 2015)
 



 


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